West Ham chief David Sullivan and Rob Newman must get on the phone to Valencia ASAP for ex Arsenal man Yunus Musah.

During a World Cup or major tournament new talents always come to light by shining on the biggest stage.

Given West Ham’s clear and obvious need for improvements in several key positions after a terrible first half of this Premier League season, you would like to think the club are being particularly vigilant of the talent on show in Qatar.

It will undoubtedly be the same for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal but for very different reasons as the Premier League leaders consider what might be needed to go on and win the title.

Every now and again at these tournaments a player crops up that leaves fans thinking ‘he’d be perfect for us, he’s just what we need’.

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And any West Ham fans watching the USA’s games would surely be feeling that way about outstanding central midfield talent Musah.

Because the powerful, pacy, technically excellent Musah really is just what West Ham need and are missing alongside Declan Rice in the middle of the park.

There are two huge surprises when it comes to Musah. Firstly his age – he is just 19 and has already played 72 games for Valencia and 20 for his country.

Secondly that somehow Arsenal let this outrageous central midfield monster talent leave as a 16-year-old.

Now West Ham chief Sullivan and head of recruitment Newman must get on the phone to Valencia ASAP for ex Arsenal man Musah.

There is no future in the tired and sussed out David Moyes system of Rice and Tomas Soucek in central midfield.

Football evolves and moves on rapidly. It is adapt or die. And Musah is the perfect modern central midfield player.

He is so quick, so powerful and so good on the ball it is actually shocking to think a club like Arsenal – who now have the youngest team in the top flight – let him leave. But that was a decision taken by the player as he sought first team football at the earliest possible opportunity and, it should be noted, before Arteta was appointed manager.

West Ham are absolutely crying out for a player like Musah. The Hammers are so laboured in transition when using Soucek as a second defensive midfielder and the USA star is the antidote.

Musah can even play in the wider midfield positions where he can use his electric pace.

The trouble is the deeper the US go in this tournament the longer the queue of clubs wanting to sign him will be.

Ironically it was ex West Ham academy coach Trevor Bumstead, now of Arsenal, who admits deep regret at seeing Musah leave the Gunners for Valencia (The Athletic).

Hammers boss David Moyes with head of recruitment Rob Newman. Photo: West Ham

“I think his style is suited to the Premier League, so it wouldn’t be a shock if he returns at some point,” Bumstead told The Athletic.

“You never know, if he has a good World Cup, I’m sure they’ll be a clamour of teams looking to sign him.”

West Ham fans can only hope their club will be one of them.

Moyes should have the begging bowl out to the owners for this rare talent. West Ham were willing to spend over £30m on Amadou Onana in the summer. So the club clearly know that is a position that needs addressing.

Sullivan and Newman need to be all over this because signing Musah would transform the West Ham team overnight.


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